Theoretical innovation in Asia Pacific tourism research

Pearce, Philip L. (2004) Theoretical innovation in Asia Pacific tourism research. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 9 (1). pp. 57-70.

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This paper identifies some pervasive limitations of tourism research and some particular difficulties confronting its development in the Asia Pacific region. It raises the issues of status and respect in fields of academic inquiry and adopts a position that those seeking to create a mature discipline of tourism studies built wholly on a positivist tradition may be misleading their Asian Pacific colleagues. It also suggests that conceptual schemes rather than theories are a promising level of integrative effort and that heuristics to stimulate conceptual creativity can be useful. In particular it argues that by combining cultural insights and elements from the communities of Asia with guidelines for creative model and scheme building, Asia Pacific tourism researchers could find new directions and heighten the originality and hence the global interest in their work.

Item ID: 5820
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6507
Keywords: academic status; conceptual schemes; cultural comparisons; innovation; intentionality; positivism; theory; tourism
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2010 00:21
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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